Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Favorite Breastfeeding Gear: Part 1

You'll probably notice a lot of breastfeeding posts on my blog.  It consumes a large part of my daily parenting experience and it's also a large part of my day job.  I've been trained in breastfeeding education and it's something important to me.  I love helping other moms learn about and maintain the breastfeeding relationship with their babies.  I breastfed my first for almost 2 years, and it's basically my new baby's favorite thing to do!

As a working mom of 2 kids, I also have plenty of experience with pumping, daycare, and breastfeeding on the go.  I thought I would share a short series of posts about my favorite gear for breastfeeding and how it has helped make my experience easier.

I will start the series with nursing clothes.  I'm really not a fan of clothing that is intended for nursing, because it really makes it's purpose quite obvious (most average ladies won't be walking around wearing breast flaps on their shirts - sort of screams "easy access!"), and most of them are combo nursing/maternity shirts, so will end up looking strange if you lose much baby weight.  It also doesn't help that most of them are quite expensive.

No offense intended to the makers, but not exactly the look I'm going for. (source)

I tend to stick to more affordable items that I know I can re-use when I'm done.  A really easy way to accompish this is to invest in stretchable camis that can be worn underneath your regular tops, then pulled down when ready to nurse.  Pros to this approach:  your belly is always covered and you haven't invested much money into a whole new nursing wardrobe.  I personally do not like camis with a shelf bra, because I need a lot more support than that, but I can imagine that would cut out an extra step if you didn't want to invest in a lot of nursing bras.

Another option is to purchase clothing that can be easily be pulled down or to the side for nursing.  Plenty of clothing is suited for this without that being it's intended purpose.  I have several "faux wrap tops" that have the side benefit of creating a slimmer silhouette.  Wrap tops are my favorite option for special occasion outfits, like this Sofia Vergara Wrap Dress.  $14 for a nursing dress? I think I can manage that.

My absolute favorite nursing shirt is this cowl neck shirt from Amazon.  I love it so much I bought it in 3 different colors.  I'm basically obsessed with anything I can wear over leggings on a lazy day, and it's very stretchy so I can pull it down to nurse.  The shop currently has 10% off if you like their page on Facebook.  A third option that a lot of mothers like is a simple button down shirt over another undershirt.  I really don't use this option much though, being heavier chested, because it is hard for me to find button ups that fit both my chest and my waist.

Sometimes all the extra layers make me feel quite hot, so something I've been known to do is skip the undershirt and wear my control-top panties under a shirt that I intend to pull up.  I use these:


I got mine at TJ Maxx for $3.99 in both black and nude.  It also will (obviously) help hide any postpartum lumps that you don't want to show off!

So, there you have it, the basics of my nursing wardrobe.  Simple and affordable!  Feel free to leave any questions or comments, and come back for Part 2: Nursing Bras and Pads.

(I do not receive any incentives for product recommendations.  All opinions are my own and I'm simply sharing my likes and dislikes with you to help any mommas out there who might need direction.)

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